If you’ve ever been to a high school history class, or even just watched one on TV, then you’re probably familiar with the traditional classroom. Although it’s still used in many schools and colleges today, it’s not always the most effective way for students to learn. In fact, there are four different types of learning environments that might be better suited for your needs: traditional classrooms, virtual classrooms, peer-to-peer learning environments and self-paced online courses.
The Traditional Classroom
The traditional classroom is the most common place to learn, and it’s easy to see why: In this setting, students are grouped by age or grade level and expected to be on task for a set period of time. The teacher is the expert who provides instruction and answers questions; students are passive learners who are expected to listen attentively in order to absorb information from their instructor.
The traditional classroom model may seem outdated because it places so much emphasis on listening rather than speaking up or discussing ideas with others–but there’s more than one way for students’ voices to be heard!
The Virtual Classroom
A virtual classroom is a place where students can interact with each other and the teacher. Students can ask questions, share ideas, and collaborate on projects. The teacher can see the screens of all students in real time or at scheduled times during class time. Students may also have access to learning materials that are not available in your school’s print collection (or even on-line).
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